Modeling Good Exercise Behavior

runningOne of the best ways to get motivated to exercise is to listen to advice from those who already do. Whether you’re thinking about starting at the gym, walking for exercise, running or playing sports, it’s always helpful to hear from fellow exercise enthusiasts about staying motivated, getting started and more.

One active blogger, Lindsey Holder, had this idea in mind when she interviewed the extremely busy Jim Donovan, Goldman Sachs executive. In addition to his role at Goldman Sachs, Jim Donovan is also an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law where he teaches classes on corporate strategy and leadership. If he can make time in his schedule for exercise, then perhaps you can as well.

Asking him what got him started on the path towards running, the immediate answer from James Donovan, “Goldman Sachs,” was no surprise. He explained that he used running to manage stress and he found it to be a “tremendous stress relief.”

He explained his pattern of running when he said, “I then made certain that I ran for 30-45 minutes every day no matter what.  No matter how little I slept and no matter where in the world I happened to be, all I needed was a pair of sneakers and running clothes to start my day. I’ve been a convert ever since.

Running alone, James Donovan said that he actually “can’t function properly until I get my run in, so it’s self-enforced.” He finds running in bad weather exhilarating and continues with his daily pattern no matter the weather.

Pilates Vs. Yoga

Both pilates and yoga are popular trends in New York and throughout the U.S. today. Since both methods are widespread, it can be hard to know which exercise really suits your lifestyle, mindset, body type and expectations. This video explains the essential difference between the two.

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Middle-Aged Women and Moderate Exercise

Women across the globe, and especially in the Big Apple, have been hearing about the physical and emotional benefits of exercise non-stop, and many attempt to incorporate a fitness regime into their schedules. Why, then, is it so hard to stay committed?

According to a new study, middle-aged women are more likely to stick with an exercise routine at a moderate intensity, as opposed to those who push their limits.

255 women between the ages 40 and 60 were recruited for research. The women were told to do either moderate or vigorous exercise for a limited amount of time, during which volunteers monitored their reactions. Women who participated in moderate exercise were twice as energized and confident that they’d be able to exercise in the future. In comparison, the women who had undergone intense exercise were more anxious and depressed as a result of their work outs.

“Exercise makes you feel better, but it is going to be more pleasant when performed at moderate intensity as compared to vigorous, especially when you have been previously inactive or may be overweight,” explained Dr. Steriani Elavsky of Penn State University. She continued, stating that it is important for women to monitor their intensity levels.

Some moderate-intensity exercises include brisk walking, ballroom or line dancing, biking, canoeing, general gardening, baseball, softball, volleyball and water aerobics. Recommended activities are those that would “allow you to talk in short sentences while doing them, but would not allow you to sing,” said Elavsky.

She added, “The effects we observed were large and moderate intensity is sufficient, in fact, it is optimal. We also hope that clinicians will realize the importance of considering the proper exercise intensity when making recommendations about exercise. Moderate intensity exercise should be recommended for patients who are not meeting physical activity guidelines, or those who may be decondition, overweight or obese.”